Call for Papers/Conference Family Law Reform: Revue de Droit de Université de Sherbrooke



Call for Papers

Family Law Reform

(special issue scheduled for publication, Summer 2023)


Sherbrooke, November 1, 2021

Following the presentation of Bill 2 – Loi portant sur la réforme du droit de la famille en matière de filiation et modifiant le Code civil en matière de droits de la personnalité et d’état civil, October 21, 2021, by the Minister of Justice Simon JolinBarrette, the Faculty of Law of the Université de Sherbrooke will host a one-day conference on this Family Law Reform proposal in the Spring of 2022.

This conference, organized under the direction of Professors Andréanne Malacket (Université de Sherbrooke) and Johanne Clouet (Université de Montréal), will be presided by the Honorable Nicholas Kasirer (Honorary President). It will bring together leading experts who will examine different facets of this substantial reform in private law, notably by addressing its impact on the following subjects:

  • Filiation by blood;
  • Filiation by assisted procreation, including surrogacy;
  • Adoption;
  • Gender identity;
  • Tutorship and parental authority; • The right to know one’s origins.

The preliminary program as well as the date of the conference will be announced within the next few weeks. 

In addition to this conference, the proceedings of which shall be published, the Revue de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke has decided to issue a general call for papers.

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ANNOUCEMENT -- Registration Open for CALT 2021 Conference

We are happy to announce that registration is now open for the CALT 2021 virtual conference (7-10 June) here.  There is no registration fee, but registration is obligatory.   Also, an updated Program in Brief, as well as the Full Program, are now available.

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Teaching Wellbeing in Law: June 1, 1-335PM online.

Brandon Stewart (Dalhousie) and Lynda Collins (Ottawa) are inviting people to join in on June 1, 2021 from 1:00-3:35pm EST for an online symposium on Teaching Wellbeing in the Law. 

Speakers will include:

  • Professor Marilyn Poitras (University of Saskatchewan), who created Canada’s first law school course in “Happiness and the Law” and now directs the Indigenous Law Centre at the University of Saskatchewan
  • Professor Rhonda Magee (University of San Francisco), author of The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming our Communities through Mindfulness
  • Professor Thomas Telfer (Western University), who teaches “Mindfulness and the Legal Profession”
  • Daniel Lussier-Meek (University of Ottawa), Director of Indigenous and Community Relations
  • Professor Brandon Stewart (Dalhousie University), co-author of “Engendering Hope in Environmental Law Students”
  • Professor Jordana Confino (Fordham University), who teaches a course on Positive Lawyering
  • Professor Karen Ragoonaden (University of British Columbia), who is an expert in Mindful Approaches to Anti-Oppression Pedagogy
  • Professor Lynda Collins (University of Ottawa), who teaches “Happiness and the Law”
  • Heather Cross, Appellate lawyer and teacher of “Mindfulness in the Law”

Below you can find both connection information and a working program. Please direct any questions related to the symposium to [email protected]

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ANNOUNCING -- CALT conference 2021 Program in Brief

We are delighted to confirm that the virtual conference will take place over four days, from Monday 7 June to Thursday 11 June.   Two sessions will be offered on each day, as well as the CALT AGM on Tuesday 8 June.  A ‘program-in-brief’ is now available on our website here.

Sessions will be conducted via Zoom, hosted by Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. Registration will be required, but there will be no registration fee.  An Eventbrite registration page is coming soon and will be the source for further program information.  For any questions, please contact us at [email protected]


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Announcing -- Call for Proposals CALT conference 2021

We are pleased to release the Call for Proposals for the 2021 annual conference of the Canadian Association of Law Teachers (CALT).   The conference will be held in a virtual online format throughout the week of 7 to 11 June (which is the week following the virtual gathering of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities). 

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Announcing -- CALT 2021 Conference & AGM

We are pleased to announce that the Canadian Association of Law Teacher’s annual conference is resuming in 2021. The conference will be held in a virtual online format throughout the week of 7 to 11 June (which is the week following the virtual gathering of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities).  A Call for Proposals will be issued soon.  The CALT AGM will also be held during that week.  See the Conference page for more information.



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Update: Lakehead

In Fall 2020, the Lakehead Faculty of Law moved most classes online. Generally, the online instruction has gone well. The experience of switching to online in March provided useful lessons in how to adapt. So too did teaching two Spring courses, a new option that was over-subscribed.

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Update: Queen's

Queen’s Law has adopted a hybrid model for the 2020-21 academic year. All large upper-year lecture classes are online. Many 1L classes and a select number of upper-year seminars and clinical courses meet partly in-person and partly remote. This model provides students, especially 1Ls, some opportunity for in-person classes. All students have the option to take classes fully remotely.

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Update: Montréal

When the Faculty of Law at the Université de Montréal resumed classes this fall, most classes were online. However, a small number of classes were taught in person. In addition, several first-year courses used a hybrid format, with some proportion of students attending in person, on a rotating basis. Professors who adopted this hybrid format reported that in-person attendance was below capacity, raising questions about whether the effort to offer such a format had been worthwhile.

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Update: Windsor

In Fall 2020, the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor moved online for all but select clinical and experiential learning opportunities. This will remain essentially the same in Winter 2021, with some important smaller group work occurring in person with a priority on the first-year experience. 

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